- 1Persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats: they were coerced into silenceMore example sentences
- Once she is coerced into signing adoption papers, she's bundled out of the way and into the convent to save her parents further humiliation.
- His client still insists that she was coerced into committing the blackmail offences by her co-defendant.
- Despite repeated warnings from the police and the relatives about not letting strangers in she was just coerced into it.
- 1.1Obtain (something) by using force or threats: their confessions were allegedly coerced by tortureMore example sentences
- Those detained face beatings and other forms of torture, aimed at coercing confessions or information about rebel forces.
- So I guess I can rule out the possibility of coercing a drunken confession about how much you love me?
- The alleged intention was to coerce privatisation of the national oil company into the hands of the foreign investor group.
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- When one is weak and the other strong, when one is coercible by virtue of this weakness and the other holds all the cards, competition inevitably becomes exploitation.
- There can surely no longer be any justification for a law that treats wives as being more coercible than unmarried women.
- A person already in jail is not shocked and coercible as someone newly arrested might be.
late Middle English: from Latin coercere 'restrain', from co- 'jointly, together' + arcere 'restrain'.